Mo Salah ended up having to be protected by an army with punches thrown between security and pitch invaders in Egypt’s win over Sierra Leone.
Military officers went after a number of invaders who made their way onto the pitch, with security staff going for one fan seen approaching the Liverpool player, before tackling another who was wearing a Man City shirt.
His fellow teammate Mohamed Abdelmonem chased away one fan, who came within inches of the Premier League star, having sprinted at him from the stands in the 89th minute of Egypt’s 2-0 victory in Liberia.
Staff ran on and formed a protective ring around Salah, with the first invader being pulled away and a third legging it back towards the stands.
🚨🎥| Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah almost gets attacked by opposition fans who ran into the pitch during the match, Sierra Leone vs Egypt. 😦
— TTS. (@TransferSector) November 19, 2023
the security around salah 😭😭😭😭pic.twitter.com/eltynUG6Ox
— dee (@lfcsalahh) November 19, 2023
A moment to the end of the match Several fans invaded the pitch and ran towards Mo Salah.
— Yusuf Mafin Sherif 🕊️ (@yusufmafin) November 19, 2023
Reports state soldiers had surrounded Salah, let shaken by the ordeal. They made their way off as the invaders attempted to get to him, all while a policeman is seen filming what was happening.
The first invader, seen wearing a Liverpool shirt, gets down to Salah’s feet in a non-confrontational manner, in awe of the player.
Another pitch invader, this time wearing a Man City shirt, was having to hold onto his trousers as he was dragged off.
One of the handful of fans who made their way onto the pitch and charged at Salah in a more serious and confrontational scenes.
Security reacted quickly by putting the offenders down on the ground, and after the game, the Egyptian FA official Khaled Al-Dirandali had he feared Salah might have been injured when he was targeted and thanked God that he escaped unscathed.
Al-Dirandali, who is the vice-president of the Egyptian FA, said: “I felt worried after more than one fan came on to the field because the number of police on the field was small, but thank God, God covered them.
“It was not intentional because they wanted to shake hands with Mohamed Salah, but it could have caused harm.”
Trezeguet netted twice to guide Egypt to making it two wins from two to stay top spot in Africa’s World Cup qualifying Group A.
Salah assisted the second and had been involved in the build-up to the opener.
The game also saw Sierra Leone end the game with nine men, having had Abdul Jarju Kabia and Derby County’s Tyrese Fornah sent off in the match.
Highlights of the game can be seen below…
The Premier League gets back underway this weekend, with Liverpool being given the 12:30pm Saturday lunchtime game on TNT Sports straight after the international break, this is for the third time this season.
They will hope they get leapfrog Man City who currently sit at the top of the Premier League.
Social media users reacted after seeing Mo Salah protected by an army with punches thrown between security and pitch invaders…
@e_evol89: Good lads make sure he gets on the plane unharmed cheers
@PaulHadley20: Get that man back to liverpool asap
@MartyG1970: Fucking hell 🤷🏽
@Flintoff_B: Pulling all ye key players out from international duty to make sure their fully rested against us is one thing but now sending people to try and do in our players pep’s lost it
@MattYNWA_: City players sat at home with their feet up while our players get beat up 🤣
@Browneyy96: 4 seconds in that steward ground n pounding him there 😂😂😂
@lfc_richie: I think pep is behind this hit. Don’t trust that bald fre
@JohnMcMah0n: 4 seconds in. Watch that right hand from the guard. Proper alehouse dig that.
@A_GymGuy: I think they just wanted to be next to a king for a minute. If they tried anything Mo would have slapped the shit out of them
@Ben_LFC97: Pep Guardiola has gone too far this time
@jakeway8: I’m telling you City aren’t ready for a vexed Salah
@SFC_Copey: Must be a right prick if none of his teammates bother trying to help him
@JamieEllis55: You’ve got pep pulling players out left right and centre to protect them for when they play us and we send salah to this.
@rich_johno1: Jokes how all our players are playing and dealing with crap like this, yet Man City players are faking injuries to be ready for the game. I wonder who’s going to come out on top
@harrishour: We need to nip this in the bud before a tragedy happens man.